Manchester Policy Blogs: Urban
A collection of ideas and analysis on key issues covering cities, devolution and spatial policies.
What’s not to like about regeneration?
8 January 2018
Appraisals of regeneration have previously focused on the benefits such schemes bring, rather than also looking at costs and risks. Here Dr Julia Kasmire and Matjaz Vidmar use Glasgow as a case study to ask who stands to benefit the most from regeneration. Glasgow’s regeneration scheme has promised 15,000 new jobs but it is not […]
Official Statistics are a public good – they need to be richer
6 December 2017
This week, the Office for National Statistics held its Economic Forum at The University of Manchester. Here, Professor Diane Coyle reflects on the event and the case for more regional statistics. The city devolution deals mean the new combined authorities around the country have a pressing need for the statistics relevant to their geographies The […]
Charting a course to better jobs in Greater Manchester
26 October 2017
Resolution Foundation research reveals five key challenges: halting the region’s relative decline, addressing the growth in ‘atypical’ work, ending the pay squeeze, encouraging progression and ensuring young people can access well-paid work. Getting people into work should be a priority, but more attention needs to be paid to the types of jobs. People on zero […]
Learning from the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework process
6 September 2017
Graham Haughton, Professor of Urban Planning at The University of Manchester outlines 12 lessons from the recent debates around a new Spatial Framework for Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) is a 20 year strategic plan for the city region. The draft GMSF was planned for what should have been an election free […]
How can a human development approach inform debates on Greater Manchester’s future?
14 June 2017
On June 14th the University of Manchester is publishing a Human Development Report for Greater Manchester. Here, Jill Rubery lays out why the report is important and some of its key findings. Human development means putting people at the centre. This means putting social goals into investment decisions, developing a longer term approach and focusing […]